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The European Union has 28 member states, 17 of which are on the common currency. Founded through a string of treaties beginning in the 1950s, the EU has developed its own economic, political and legal policies. Taken as a whole, the EU is the world's largest economy.

Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

Resisting the Siren Song: Stopping the Advance of the Right-Wing Populists

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 21, 2017

The recent election in the Netherlands has sparked hope that the march of the right-wing populists has been halted. But it's important that populism be answered with democratic confidence rather than misguided imitation. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Ullrich Fichtner more... Comment ]

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

Countdown to the Election: How Emmanuel Macron Upended French Politics

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 17, 2017

Emmanuel Macron is the most unconventional French presidential candidate in decades, and if he keeps his momentum, he could keep Marine Le Pen from taking power. His promise to voters: the building of a new France. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]


A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

A Delicate Meeting: Can Merkel Bring Trump to Reason?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 10, 2017

Angela Merkel is planning a dual strategy for her first face-to-face meeting with Donald Trump on Tuesday. She wants to foster close personal relations with the new U.S. president, but she also wants to make clear the Berlin is armed for a trade war against Washington. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

Germany's Deportation Lottery: Migrants' Fate a Game of Chance

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 09, 2017

Because the deportation of rejected asylum-seekers from Germany is the responsibility of the states, a highly arbitrary system not unlike a lottery. For the close to a half-million people expected to receive orders to be deported this year, whether they must leave or not may depend on where they live. By SPIEGEL Staff more... Comment ]


Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

Head-On: Tensions Escalate Between Berlin and Erdogan

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

Turkey's hardline approach to German journalist Deniz Yücel has created considerable pressure for the government in Berlin, with Erdogan's statements over the weekend further exacerbating the situation. Still, the Turkish leader isn't as strong as he appears to be. By Maximilian Popp, Fidelius Schmid and Christoph Schult more... Comment ]

Democracy in Europe: EU Commissioner Pushes for Hard Line on Poland

Democracy in Europe: EU Commissioner Pushes for Hard Line on Poland

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 07, 2017

The EU has been unable to find an effective lever to combat the flouting of democratic values in Poland and Hungary. In an interview with SPIEGEL ONLINE, Justice Commissioner Vera Jourová proposes cutting funding to the countries. By Markus Becker more... Comment ]


Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

Spotlight on Schulz: Merkel Rival Criticized for Role in Dubious Staff Perks

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 21, 2017

European Parliament officials in Brussels are criticizing Angela Merkel's only real rival in upcoming German elections. Martin Schulz stands accused of circumventing standard channels to grant lucrative perks to his staff -- at the expense of taxpayers. By Peter Müller and Christian Reiermann more... Comment ]

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

Looking Beyond NATO: Europe Must Plan to Defend Itself

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Europe has long relied on America for its defense. But that era is rapidly coming to an end. It is time for a stronger European defense alliance that is less dependent on the U.S. and more capable of asserting its own interests with Russia and Turkey. A DER SPIEGEL Editorial by Christiane Hoffmann more... Comment ]


NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

NATO Funding Target: U.S. Pressures Germany to Increase Defense Spending

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

Washington is threatening consequences if NATO member states don't increase their defense spending. Germany is the primary focus of the demand. But the Defense Ministry in Berlin is already having trouble spending the money it currently has at its disposal. By Konstantin von Hammerstein and Peter Müller more... Comment ]

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

Europe at a Crossroads: 'The Pacifist Streak in German Politics Is a Problem'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 17, 2017

The future of NATO and trans-Atlantic relations will be at the top of the agenda at the Munich Security Conference, which begins on Friday. British political scientist Anthony Glees says that Germany must become a "muscular democracy" and take the lead in Europe. Interview Conducted by Markus Becker more... Comment ]